The Los Angeles Dodgers have selected former Brahmas’ infielder Brandon Lewis in the fourth round, 131 overall, of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.
Dodgers grab another college hitter here at 131, with Brandon Lewis. Likely a first baseman moving forward, but he can absolutely rake. pic.twitter.com/w9nnMPUPtV
— Future Dodgers (@FutureDodgers) June 4, 2019
Lewis attended Pierce from 2017 to 2018 and was a two-time all-conference player.
In 2017 Lewis hit .419 with 9 home runs and 39 RBI. He followed it up with an even better 2018 as he hit .399 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.
After leaving Pierce, he transferred to the University of California, Irvine.
For UC Irvine, he started 54 games and hit .315/.408/.598 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI.
Lewis has signed a contract with the Dodgers for $372,500, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.
The deal is about $60 thousand below the slot value of the pick, which is worth $430,800.
Since teams have a set value available to sign their drafted players, it is common for them to try and sign college draftees below their slot value. It allows them to use the savings to try and sign players who were thinking of going to college instead.
The Dodgers had just over $8 million available to sign their draft picks.